We know which limits to push and which ones to respect. 

We won’t let a short-term injury become a long-term battle.

We take concussions seriously. And you should too.

  • “…speaking of protocols, let’s have one. Let’s keep it as simple as possible and as strong and as accurate as possible.”

    Eric Lindros, NHL player, Olympic gold medalist, Hockey Hall of Fame, speaking at the Governor General’s Conference on Concussion in Sport

  • “We were looking at the bruises and blood on her knee and didn’t realize the most serious injury was the concussion in her head.”

    Gordon Stringer, father of Rowan Stringer (Rowan's Law)

  • “You have to teach smart recovery. If you want to play sport long-term then sometimes that means short-term breaks.”

    Rosie MacLennan, double Olympic gold medalist

  • “You can’t expect a concussed athlete to know they are concussed.”

    Karolina Wisniewska, eight-time Paralympic medalist, alpine skiing

  • “I think even when athletes are aware they should take time off, there’s a lot of fear that taking time off you’ll lose you gains that you made in training.”

    Tara Whitten, Olympic bronze medalist, cycling

  • “When you have a concussion, you don’t know you’re repeating your words. You don’t know how out of it you actually are.”

    Mercedes Nicoll, Canadian Olympic snowboarder

  • “I had a choice to make, as an athlete and as a mom: whether to identify all the symptoms I was having, or to hide them. It was really important for me to speak up on behalf of myself and let people know that I needed help.”

    Robbi Weldon, Canadian Paralympic cyclist

Face the facts about concussion

Child playing hockey


If you weren’t “knocked out”, you don’t have a concussion.


Only about 10 percent of concussions involve loss of consciousness.

Mother cares for son with headache


If there are no instant symptoms after impact, there's no concussion.


Concussion symptoms can appear even days after injury.

Skiers in helmets


I can't get a concussion if I'm wearing a helmet.


If someone wears a proper fitted helmet, it can’t prevent a concussion but it can reduce its severity and prevent other brain injuries, like skull fractures.

Injured athlete being helped by teammates

Up to 8.5x

Increased concussion risk after having a prior concussion.

Child being treated for head injury


Percent of all traumatic brain injuries sustained by children and youth.

Young athlete and coach

Over 40%

Increase in reported head injuries in football, hockey and soccer for children and youth.

The Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport

The Concussion Toolkit provides tools and resources


For Coaches

Pre-Season Education

Team meeting materials

Player Codes of Conducts

                                   Concussion Recognition Tool


For Athletes and Parents

Athletes Guide to Concussions

Medical Assessment Letter

                                   Medical Clearance Letter

                                   Concussion 101: A Primer for Kids
                                   and Parents

                                   Sport Related Concussion: Information
                                   for Parents and Caregivers


For Sport Organizations

Canadian Harmonized Concussion Protocol Template

                                  Sport-Specific Return to Sport Strategy
                                  Adaptation Tool

                                 Canadian Harmonized Concussion  
                                 Protocol Checklist

                                 Canadian Sport Concussion Pathway



For Officials

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool

Child Sport Concussion Assessment
Tool (Child-SCAT5)

                                  Hockey Canada's Emergency
                                  Action Plan for Concussions


The four Rs of concussion management


the signs and symptoms of a concussion


the athlete from the game or practice


the athlete to a healthcare professional


to school and then to sport based on the recommendations of a physician


If an athlete shows or reports any symptoms of concussion, or just “doesn’t feel right”, they should be removed from play and examined by a healthcare professional.

Leading Resources

These resources are all recommended by Sport Canada and Public Heath Agency of Canada 


What to do when someone has suffered a concussion?

To properly treat and manage a concussion, it is important that an athlete is immediately removed from the game or practice following a concussion. 

However, removing an athlete from play is not an easy decision, which is why it is important to have informed and relevant policies and procedures in place to ensure athletes are protected. 

Leading Resources


We understand that only a medical professional can officially diagnose a concussion, and there is rarely a medical professional on the field of play. After removing a concussed athlete from the field of play, refer them to a healthcare professional to receive an informed diagnosis and recovery plan. 

Leading Resources


Return to Learn and Sport

Athletes who return to activities before recovering from a concussion are more likely to sustain a second concussion with more severe symptoms. However, once the brain has healed and with a physician’s approval, an athlete can gradually start returning to physical activities.

Returning to play safely requires patience, attention and caution, and will be a different experience for every athlete.


Leading Resources


The latest concussion news from SIRC

Concussion in Sport - Translating Evidence into Action

From playgrounds to international podiums, millions of Canadians participate in sport every day. While the health and social benefits of participating in sport far outweigh any potential risks, there are risks of injury. Whether you’re a coach, administrator, parent or athlete, we all have a...Read more

Being Smart about Concussions

Concussion continues to be a very hot topic in sport these days. In fact, the Governor General spent a full day today hosting a conference with former professional athletes, Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the...Read more

After concussion: Student-athletes return-to-learn

When a high school age student athlete receives a concussion, it’s important that all adults that interact with that student know how to provide the best atmosphere for them when they return to school. While...Read more

Success Stories

Concussions and success don’t often belong in the same sentence.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of organizations across Canada and the harmonized guidelines, Canadian athletes are better protected from the long-term risks of concussions than ever before.

Here are some success stories from athletes and sport organizations in Canada:

  • How Putting a Values Lens on Concussions Helped Ringette 



Download your concussion toolkit

Share the message with your team

In these files you’ll find ready-made communication tools for spreading the campaign messages within your organization. Please contact us if you would like source artwork to create your own co-branded versions.


Campaign video

If you need a downloadable version, please contact SIRC



One page handout - Four Rs of Concussion

One page handout - postcard format



Prepared social media content (ZIP file)



16:9 Wide Screen

4:3 Full screen


5” x 7”

8” x 10”



300x250 (1) | 300x250 (2)



8-1/2” x 11”


Prepared social media content (ZIP file)


Concussion Apps

Help spread awareness about concussions with posters, videos and other marketing materials.

Concussion Ed

Created by Parachute Canada, Concussion Ed gives Canadian parents, youth and educators free access to critical concussion resources.

Concussion Awareness

A tool from Hockey Canada for anyone interested in learning about the prevention, recognition, and response to a concussion, including responsible return-to-play protocol.

World Rugby Concussion Management

World Rugby’s concussion app, designed for anyone involved in Rugby - players, coaches, parents, teachers, match officials, spectators, and anyone else with a role or interest in the Game.